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Silvery Tweed Cereals

01289 307419

Blending, Milling, Seed Cleaning, Flaking, Coating

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5 Jul 2018
Borders-based cereal processing firm Silvery Tweed is raising a glass to its 175th birthday, marking the occasion by collaborating with a local brewery to create two limited-edition Silvery Tweed beers.
20 May 2018
Silvery Tweed’s certification under the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety has been upgraded to an AA rating – the highest score possible.
10 Jan 2018
Cereal processor Silvery Tweed Cereals is continuing to champion the UK’s grain growing capabilities with its newest supply partnership.

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Berwick firm takes apprentice under its wing

Berwick firm takes apprentice under its wing

16 Feb 2015

A local cereal processing business is helping to fuel the workforce of tomorrow by taking on an apprentice at its Berwick-upon-Tweed factory.

Kieran Welsh, 18, is part way through a four-year apprenticeship with Silvery Tweed Cereals, based on the Tweedside Trading Estate, where he is working as a maintenance engineer within the firm’s six-strong maintenance team.

Kieran is one of 120 second-year apprentices in the North East on a four-year advanced apprenticeship programme, who are all spending time in companies throughout the region as they work towards NVQ Level 3 and BTEC National Diploma Level 3 qualifications in mechanical, fabrication, electrical or general engineering.

The programme is run by Rolls-Royce Newcastle, who recruit and train apprentices in their dedicated North East Training Centre with support from Tyne Metropolitan College, before placing them within businesses. The aim of the programme is to provide highly trained and skilled apprentices who will help boost the efficiency of companies in the region.

Kieran says: “I’m really enjoying the role. It involves regular maintenance work on factory equipment, fault-finding, and liaising with external equipment engineers to keep the factory operating safely. But I’m also working on factory improvement projects too. For example, I’ve just designed, built and painted new metal frames to securely hold waste bags which can weigh up to a tonne and will help the cleaning team.”

Silvery Tweed Cereals Engineering Manager Phil Winson says collaboration between industry and education is important to maintain a highly skilled engineering workforce: “The skills and knowledge that Kieran is developing are crucial for a business like ours as food production becomes ever more sophisticated and automated with uncompromising levels of safety throughout.

“Apprenticeships are therefore vital for our future growth and success, providing us with the opportunity to shape young people who are entering industry today with the latest skill set that is already playing an important role in keeping our modern production environment running smoothly.

“We had a lot of support from Rolls-Royce when selecting and recruiting Kieran to ensure his skills matched our requirements, and we’re very happy with his work.”

This support from Rolls-Royce North East Training Centre includes mentoring for Kieran provided by Anthony Caulfield, one of RRNETC’s Infield Training Assessors, who adds: “Rolls-Royce North East Training Centre is delighted to be working with Silvery Tweed Cereals supporting Kieran throughout his apprenticeship. Many SMEs are now seeing the benefits of taking on and supporting their own apprentices so they are trained to meet the company’s individual requirements. Our training programmes are extremely flexible, enabling the apprentices to dovetail perfectly into their new employer’s organisation.”

In addition to working through his Advanced Apprenticeship, Kieran has also recently started studying for a Higher National Certificate in mechanical engineering at Tyne Metropolitan College to provide an additional academic qualification, too.

Silvery Tweed Cereals is a family owned and run business, with a pedigree in the region spanning more than 170 years. From its local base, the company supplies cereal and seed ingredients to leading names in the baking and cereals-based industry throughout the UK and Europe.

We can provide storage for up to 2500 pallets